Item description for Palaces of Venice by Andrea Fasolo & Mark E. Smith...
Palaces of Venice presents sixty-two of the greatest buildings from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century. Hundreds of full-colour photographs show the exteriors and the interiors of the palazzi and the text relates the fascinating history of each architectural masterpiece, leading family and chosen architect. From the twelfth and thirteenth centuries onward, the Venetian Gothic style, much-extolled by John Ruskin in his book The Stones of Venice , started to develop. The main features of this style were pointed arches, mullioned windows with several lights, and the interplay of coloured marble. In the thirteenth century, the first monumental private buildings were designed, and the traditional plans of the Venetian Palace began. In the centuries that followed, the architects Mauro Codussi and Jacopo Sansovino reinterpreted these typical features of Venice's Gothic palaces in a renaissance key, Baldassare Longhena introduced the Baroque taste, and Giannantonio Selva continued to use these Goth
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Studio: Arsenale Editrice
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8.75" Height: 10.25" Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Release Date Aug 3, 2006
Publisher Arsenale Editrice
ISBN 8877432942 ISBN13 9788877432940
Reviews - What do customers think about Palaces of Venice?
Lost in Translation Jan 30, 2005
I bought this book some months ago in anticipation of a trip to Venice - which I have just returned from . I only glanced at the pictures before I left , with a view to savouring them and reading the text when I returned home.
When I actually started to read the text I discovered that the English translation is like something out of "Monty Python" ... the sketch with the obscene English/Hungarian phrase book . The line "my hovercraft is full of eels" would not be out of place in this book. It is a bizarre, pseudo architectural, English - Italian mangle of words, tenses, concepts & jargon. The dust jacket blurb even manages to insult the photographer (referring to his other works -"... among these volumes , some are worthy of value").
Some phrases ..."prevelaently ligneous", "architectonical experimentation", "autarchic economy" etc etc - and that's just the introduction !
Almost none of the complete sentences in the book make any sense whatsoever.
The photos are nice though - hence the 2 stars.
It'll look good on your coffee table, as long as you don't attempt to read it !